Thoughts on the Eve of Publication

Thong Sized Stories Full CoverIt’s fun to look on Amazon and know that something I’ve created will be available to all my friends and readers come the stroke of midnight.  I’ve been waiting for this day ever since I put the finishing touches on Thong Sized Stories about six weeks ago.  Part of me is also nervous; I’m releasing ten of my ideas into the wild, calling them “done” and letting everybody make of them what they will.

The greater part of me is glad they’re ready for you.  Some of these tales are over a decade old, and until I discovered the flash fiction form, I had no idea what to do what them.  Making a collection of fully realized, separate “moments” of story is not only a fun way to entertain my audience, it’s also an artistic statement for myself.

I’m usually known for my longer work.  Even my short stories often stretch over 20 pages.  One I’m working on now is damn near 50.  The creative challenge of flash fiction appealed to the part of me which wants to break out, be weird, do something different.  Combine that with the community of writers I’ve discovered via Waterline Writers and the Fox Valley Writers’ Group, and I’ve had a lot of exposure to the very short form over the last year and a half.  And since I’m never satisfied to do the same thing over and over, I took up the challenge of this form.  Looking at the finished product, I think I’ve succeeded, too.  I think there will be a sequel, eventually, to this collection, too, considering that more than half of these tales came out of the prompts in my writers’ group.  Those are a standard activity, and I’m sure I’ll write some more fun thong sized stories as I go along.

Check back tomorrow, 9/3 for all the details on how you can order your own paper or Kindle copy of Thong Sized Stories.  You can also get a freebie from the collection here.  If you like what you read, please let your friends know, or better yet, spend a couple bucks and get them a copy.  It’s a nice, cheap gift for the reader on your gift lists, and hey, the holidays are coming…

Big thanks go to my wonderful wife Margie for her work formatting and designing the cover.  If you’re a writer or poet looking for top-notch design for your upcoming book, check out Margie’s Mark to see what she can do for you.

Enough for now, except to say that I’ve been busy in the time since I finished this collection.  I’m cooking up a batch of more traditional short stories, plus a novel, plus whatever else shows up on my own imaginary playground.  Enjoy the book, and thanks for reading!

New Short Story, “Secret” Now Available!

I’m quite happy to announce that “Secret,” a short horror story about boyfriends and girlfriends, is now available for Kindle and Nook for the staggeringly low price of $0.99.  Why not pick it up today and give yourself something to do during the next coffee break?

I’m hoping to have a full-on iBooks version available soon, but dealing with Apple takes a little more time than B&N and Amazon.  In the meantime, remember that there are Nook and Kindle readers for your i-schtuff, and that they work well.

Cover design, text layout and formatting, and first reader credits go to my wonderful wife, Margie Markevicius.  She’s also the reason this site looks so nice; why not visit her site and see what she can do for your brand/online presence?

I also have some paper copies, available for $1.00 even, which I mainly sell at Waterline Writers events.  I’d be happy to send you one; postage is extra.  By the way, the extra cent covers the printing costs.

For those interested in the craft of writing, and how this story came about, I’m currently working on a behind-the-scenes piece about drafts, revision, and the development of the idea which became, “Secret.”  Look for it soon, here on the Imaginary Playground.

In case you missed it, “Expecting,” is on sale in the same places, for the same price.

I’ve got a stack of stories on my desk which are somewhat near publication-quality.  In my spare time, or when I’m frustrated with The Bemann Files, I’ve been working them up one-at-a-time.  Look for more stories to appear soon, and as always, thanks for reading.

Nik